Survey: 58 Percent Of Americans Say Treat Cannabis Like Alcohol

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 3, 2014

    Nearly 60 percent of Americans support regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol, according to an analysis of over 450,000 online responses collected by the online polling data company CivicScience over a nearly two-year period.

    Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they would support “a law in [their] state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol?” Thirty-five percent of respondents said that they would oppose such a change in law.

    An analysis of responses provided within the past three months found even stronger support for legalization, with 61 percent of those polled endorsing marijuana law reform.

    Democrats, men, and those respondents between the ages of 25 to 34 were most likely to support regulating cannabis.

    Though the CivicScience survey is not a scientific poll, its findings are similar to those previously reported by Gallup in 2013. In that poll, 58 percent of respondents similarly backed legalizing marijuana. More recently, in April, national polling data published by the Pew Research Center reported that 54 percent of Americans support legalizing the plant.

    32 responses to “Survey: 58 Percent Of Americans Say Treat Cannabis Like Alcohol”

    1. Bob Constantine says:

      Legalizing the right to control our own bodies, my god that’s it!!

    2. mexweed says:

      A coordinated strategy for cannabis, alcohol and tobacco is possible if the main slogan is “everything in moderation” and a dosage moderation equipment regimen instituted.

      In the case of sifted or shredded particulate dry herb this means either vaporization
      (many commercial variants now available, if one has money) or– at minimal cost or handmade by instructed owner– a flexible drawtube screened one-hitter with a quarter-inch or 5.5-mm diameter crater (a minimal skill needed to know how to vaporize 25-mg servings with it) replacing the overpromoted 500-mg hot burning overdose monoxide joint.

      In the case of alcohol, it means little 2-ounce bottles for beer or wine such as we are used to seeing provided for high-proof liquors.

      A little ingenuity and we can get control over the dosage issue and make every substance safe for users of all ages.

    3. John Dick says:

      We take strong exception to the assertion that this was “not a scientific poll.” Our methodology is extremely scientific and has been validated by a long list of independent academic and industry researchers. The HuffPo writer just chose not to do the work necessary to evaluate that. http://public.civicscience.com/library/whitepapers/whitepaper-assessing-the-validity-of-civicscience-data/

    4. Dennis Bracy says:

      Absolutely in favor of full across the board legalization…. and yes I vote every election believe it or not as a conservative… but on this one major issue, especially to my own medical needs I would jump ship to vote in people who will push for legalization… we the Medically in need people…need legalization… Only the drug companies who stand to lose money after legalization are the ones truly against legalization and I for one say enough is enough. We will no longer take this sitting down for the money hungry big pharmaceutical Companies.

    5. joe says:

      Without a doubt in my mind cannabis should be legal like alcohol and taxed but not to the extreme.

    6. Michael says:

      Legalization makes no sense for most of us. Most states like mine have decriminalized less than an ounce. The black market will always offer it much cheaper and without government taxes.

    7. fireweed says:

      Mexweed, NOOOOOO!!!! what you describe takes all the fun out of it. I smoke as much for the taste and body (almost) as for the high. I liked the smell and taste of marijuana from the first time I experienced it.

      treat cannabis like alcohol and let people consume it however they wish. the difference between weed and alcohol is that consume enough alcohol and it can kill you, but weed can’t.

    8. fireweed says:

      the only thing I will say is that there needs to be a lot of public education about cannabis infused edibles, which so often are made into things that appeal to children; candy, cakes, etc. Too much might not kill you but you might end up feeling so sick you wish it would.

    9. mexweed says:

      @fireweed, not to deny there may be taste elements in “smoke” (among the 4221 combustion toxins) that appeal to you, here’s a compromise:

      (a) while sucking slow and steady, hold lighter flame far enough below the tilted opening of your flexible drawtube one-hitter that air heated to 385F/195C enters upon the 25-mg loading of sifted particular budflower, for up to 19 seconds, then

      (b) because you’ve captured the nutrient in the form of vapors, go ahead and let the rest (mainly cellulose) catch glow qand cash in on your taste experience.

      (c) immediately put a Lunchspielhaus (breadbag) over your breath organs and breath 30 warm wet W’s in and out in honour of the Dawgwagner. This will minimize loss of unabsorbed nutrient and maximize taste-smell experience. Don’t question it, just try it.

      If you perform this on even one or two 25-mg single tokes after a 47-hour abstinence layaway you’ll get a massive uprush of LEAP (Long-term Episodic Associative Performance) memory-quanta cash-in-able as product invention/innovation, education and art worth millions of Lire (plural of Lira).

      You will find the FIRE is in YOU, not in the WEED– “The only fire we need to fear is the fuehrer himself”–FDR 3/4/33.

    10. Galileo Galilei says:

      @John Dick

      Ask yourselves, folks. Is this a real name?